What's New, What's Hot: March 2015

By Joe Rosen /
What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. First up, the Scottevest Featherweight Vest. With 14 secure pockets -- including an RFID-blocking interior pocket -- that enable you to carry all your gadgets, documents and personal effects safe and organized, the vest all but eliminates the need for a carryon bag. Water and stain resistant, this Teflon-coated garment boasts a partial mesh lining that enables increased wicking and breathability.This jacket is a perfect fit for late winter, spring and fall travel in that it is light weight, windproof, water repellant and sun protective. Designed to be worn in mild to moderately cold climates, the Survivalon Relaxed Fit Knox Jacket, which features front closures that comprise a nylon zipper and solid brass snaps, has a khaki-colored canvas twill lining that compliments the jacket's exterior, which is available in olive drab, copper, carbon red and fawn.Spring rain will be no problem if you include this lightweight and waterproof jacket to your travel wardrobe. Featuring a two-layer twill fabric with a breathable membrane, the Stanley Parka has fully taped seams, four zippered pockets, zippered vents to help regulate temperature, an adjustable hood and reflective details to keep you visible in low-light situations. Available in black and deep navy.Hammacher Schlemmer is touting this product as the only iPad case on the market that offers supplemental data storage (16, 32 or 64GB ) while doubling as a protector for your device. It features a built-in, battery-powered Wifi transmitter that reads and writes data to a removable microSD card and an integrated 2600 mAh rechargeable battery powers the case for up to 8 hours. The case itself is covered in simulated leather, has elastic corner bands to secure any iPad and has a built-in, three-position stand.Designed with the traveler in mind at only 8.6 ounces in weight, the cube-shaped Rapoo A300 Mini Speaker is a stylish, easily transportable speaker that offers Bluetooth (or wired) connectivity without the need to power on or set up a connection. Other attributes include one-touch operation, multipoint connection and an integrated microphone that doubles as a speakerphone. According to the manufacturer, you can expect to get 12 hours of streaming music from the speaker's rechargeable integrated lithium ion battery.The storage pouch for the Moneymaker Tech Pack Boost+ kit includes a 2200mAH lithium battery power bank not much larger than a pack of gum, a USB-to-micro-USB charging cable, and a 5- by 7-inch microfiber smart cloth with a cleaning fiber on one side and a polisher on the other. The USB cable doubles to charge the power bank or as a charger (note: devices that have other than micro-USB connectors can use the cable that came with their device). Other features include a charging-indicator light and a power-saving on-off switch.The following slides include two other power boosters worth your attention: The Outdoor Tech Kodiak Mini, at about the size of a cigarette lighter, this water-resistant, shock-proof emergency power assist packs the juice equivalent of 2600 mAH and delivers enough juice to fully charge a smart phone.Ultra-thin (it is about the size of a credit card), the Justin Slim Power Bank portable power source (2000 mAH) has an attractive brushed metal finish and comes with a synthetic leather carrying case that itself has a storage compartment for a real credit card.